Appaloosa Horse Club

Regional Club Spotlight: Spotted in Illinois!

Long Creek ApHC, a regional club based in east central Illinois, recently hosted their annual show, Get Spotted, at Gordyville USA in Gifford, Illinois. With over 1200 entries, 300+ stall reservations and nearly 200 classes offered, the show was a huge success! Due to COVID, last year’s show had to be moved from its usual end of April dates to Labor Day weekend. While 2020’s event was still impressive in number, the show held April 23 – 25, 2021 saw it double in size!

Michigan, Texas, North Dakota, Florida… Appaloosas made their way to the event from near and far! Class numbers were high and the quality of horses noticeable. The Get Spotted Blanket Fee entry was a great deal for exhibitors, allowing one horse or one rider to show in unlimited classes for a flat $100 fee (*not including ApHC fees & stalls). Nearly every discipline and class type were represented with ranch, showmanship and youth walk-trot classes being especially popular. The show kicked off with cattle events on Friday afternoon, followed by two full days of classes, and wrapping up Sunday at 10pm after western horsemanship. While the days were long, there was no shortage of good spirits and fun to be had!

Additional activities over the weekend included a pizza party on Saturday night, as well as Egg Toss and Boot Scramble fundraisers lead by Appaloosa Youth Association President, Maisen Gores. Prizes, giveaways, and awards were numerous, thanks to the many sponsors who donated. Long Creek ApHC president, Janet Snyder, would like to thank all those who supported the club and show, making it such a great one!

Long Creek ApHC was originally formed near the east side of Decatur, Illinois in the tiny town of Long Creek, where many Appaloosa shows were held at Big Creek Arena, a facility that now no longer exists. The club went dormant in 1997, but just two years later, President Janet Snyder, decided to get the club going again! The club has been active ever since, hosting their Get Spotted Appaloosa Show each year. At their annual year-end award banquet, Long Creek ApHC enjoys giving back to its members with awesome awards, earned from points at cross-approved regional shows.

To learn more about Long Creek ApHC, visit their Facebook page or website!
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GET SPOTTED Overall High Point Winners:

Cattle Horse
“Hollywood Ruby” owned by Richard Schlough

Game Horse
“Hallelujah He Reins ” owned by Jeff Lankford

English Horse
“So Many Moves” owned by Terry Lackore

Ranch Horse
“Leapin In The Weeds” owned by Barbara Hanson

Western Horse
“My Daddys Chocolatey” owned by Samantha Johnson

Novice Non-Pro
Elise Kreiner

Alex Grogan

35 & Over Non-Pro
Melanie Dzek

Kimberly Reed

Non-Pro Walk-Trot
Tracy Ebraheim

Novice Youth
Estelle McParlan

Walk-Trot Youth, 10 and Under
Amanda Gottardo

Walk Trot Youth, 11-18
Layne Miller

Youth, 13 and Under
Estelle McParlan

Youth, 14 -18
Taylor Smith